House lawmakers ‘fast-tracking’ Missouri New Voices bill in 2019

Mitch Eden, Jack Rintoul, Rep. Deb Lavender, Thora Pearson, Maddie Meyers Photographer: Hannah Hall, Lavender's Chief of Staff

Feb. 13, 2019 UPDATE: Missouri’s New Voices bill passed a key House committee vote on Wednesday, Feb. 13. HB 743 passed unanimously in executive session, with all twelve committee members supporting it, House General Laws committee Vice Chairman Jered Taylor (R-District 139) said in a text message. The vote moves the bill to the House… Continue reading House lawmakers ‘fast-tracking’ Missouri New Voices bill in 2019

Supreme Court asked to hear case about criminalizing “disruptive” speech to school employees, SPLC signs onto brief siding with students

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. Read or download the full brief. A Kentucky statute making it a crime punishable by a year in jail to speak… Continue reading Supreme Court asked to hear case about criminalizing “disruptive” speech to school employees, SPLC signs onto brief siding with students

SPLC signs onto brief appealing discipline for “disrespectful” political speech by medical student on Facebook

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. Read or download the full brief. In the latest legal skirmish over the ability of public universities to regulate what… Continue reading SPLC signs onto brief appealing discipline for “disrespectful” political speech by medical student on Facebook

Open-government advocates defend public’s right of access to campus disciplinary cases involving violent crimes

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. Read or download the full brief. Public universities should release records showing how they punish students found liable for committing serious… Continue reading Open-government advocates defend public’s right of access to campus disciplinary cases involving violent crimes

For third time, New Voices bill gets a hearing in Nebraska

Photo by Julia Holmquist

NEBRASKA — A bill protecting the First Amendment rights of Nebraska students and their advisers got its third hearing since 2016 in the state legislature on Feb. 1. Legislative Bill 206, the Nebraska version of the nationwide effort to pass “New Voices” bills in state legislatures, effectively counteracts and clarifies the limits of the 1988… Continue reading For third time, New Voices bill gets a hearing in Nebraska

Student journalists unify, call for new and stronger press freedoms

The Torch, Bergen Community College, Paramus, N.J Photo courtesy of Edriel Fimbres, photo editor

On a day of coordinated national action, student journalists and their allies published editorials, held events and flooded social media to defend student press freedoms that have increasingly come under attack. The Student Press Law Center dubbed Jan. 30 Student Press Freedom day — a day when student journalists were encouraged to speak out about… Continue reading Student journalists unify, call for new and stronger press freedoms

NEWS RELEASE: The Year of the Student Journalist will highlight the importance of these students and the need to support them and their work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 30, 2019 Contacts: Diana Mitsu Klos, SPLC director of engagement, (202) 728-7267 dmk@splc.orgSonya Gavankar, Newseum director of public relations, (202) 292-6625 sgavankar@freedomforum.org (PDF version) WASHINGTON — Today the Freedom Forum Institute, the Newseum and the Student Press Law Center  declare 2019 the Year of the Student Journalist. This announcement is made in… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Year of the Student Journalist will highlight the importance of these students and the need to support them and their work

NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center and Issuu announce the We Are Not The Enemy Impact Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 30, 2019 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org (PDF version) WASHINGTON — Today, as part of Student Press Freedom Day, the Student Press Law Center, with lead donor Issuu, is announcing the creation of the We Are Not the Enemy Impact Fund.   Created by a consortium… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center and Issuu announce the We Are Not The Enemy Impact Fund

Ask SPLC: A student was arrested, can I use their name in my story?

Q: A minor at your school has been arrested of a crime you think is important enough to report on because it involves the student council president and has implications to your school and community. You have obtained the police report. A parent of that student tells you over the phone that they intend to… Continue reading Ask SPLC: A student was arrested, can I use their name in my story?